In the opening scene of the new Aaron Sorkin drama “The Newsroom,” premiering on HBO on Sunday at 10, smart but glib cable news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) has a “Network”-lite public meltdown. After giving an honestly acerbic opinion about the flaws of the US political system — in a move that seems like career suicide — a viewer might think that McAvoy is mad as hell and is not going to take it anymore. It turns out that he is cynical as hell and is willing to take it for at least as long as the ratings hold up.
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